KTH Innovation Brighter Program visits Boston
Oct
28
to Nov 1

KTH Innovation Brighter Program visits Boston

In late October, the Swedish KTH Innovation Brighter Program will bring five selected MedTech startups to Boston. The purpose of the trip is for them to get exposed to the local ecosystem, make connections, find partnerships and gain valuable insight into the opportunities and challenges with establishing themselves in the US market.

Information to follow regarding events during this week.

More details about KTH, KTH Innovation, and the Brighter Program:

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is Sweden’s largest and oldest technical university and has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key center of intellectual talent and innovation.

As part of a larger ambition to remain one of the most innovative countries in the world, KTH has its own tech transfer and innovation support office called KTH Innovation. Over the last 10 years, KTH Innovation has built an internationally recognized support system specialized in early-stage commercialization of new technology. Supporting over 300 new ideas every year from students, researchers and employees at KTH on their way to the market, KTH Innovation has grown to be a key player in the Stockholm startup ecosystem.

As part of the internationalization work, KTH Innovation organizes the Brighter Program. The program is designed to bring especially promising early-stage KTH startups to select innovation hubs to meet and interact with key players on the global market.

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SACC-NE Annual Meeting
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

SACC-NE Annual Meeting

Join us for our upcoming Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 6 PM at CIC One Broadway, Cambridge. Lighter food and drinks will be provided.

The Annual Meeting is for SACC-NE members, corporate members & partners only. --> Not a member? Get your membership here

To attend, please RSVP no later than September 16. 


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Cleantech Networking Reception
Sep
17
6:00 PM18:00

Cleantech Networking Reception

The Government Innovation Offices of Sweden and the Netherlands in the United States with partners have the pleasure to present a networking reception to celebrate Cleantech Mission to Boston 2019 - The Nordics and the Netherlands meet the US.

THIS EVENT IS BY INVITATION ONLY!

Information abour this Mission:

The purpose of this Mission is to provide a platform for Nordic Cleantech companies to grow on the US Market and for Cleantech Scandiavia’s investor and industry members to grow their network with US investors, industry and cleantech companies and in general, for both groups, get a good introduction to the incredible Boston innovation eco-system.

The Mission is coordinated with MIT, Greentown Labs and Dutch Innovationquarter. The Mission will include 15-20 Nordic and Dutch startups, with a focus on Smart City, Energy Systems and Advanced Materials.


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Summer International Cocktail
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Summer International Cocktail

Join us and our European Partners (BABC, GABC, FACCNE, NAF) on Wednesday, June 26, for a wonderful European Networking Event! This event is hosted by Ernest & Young in the John Hancock Tower in Copley Square.

When?

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 @ 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where?

Ernst & Young, 200 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

Come and enjoy some drinks and nibbles in the company of professionals, executives and entrepreneurs from different countries, businesses and industries all the while enjoying Boston's incredible skyline.

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Breakfast with SwedenBIO
Jun
7
9:00 PM21:00

Breakfast with SwedenBIO

Are you interested in learning more about the Swedish Life Science sector and the Swedish government's efforts to help startups grow internationally? 

Join us for an informal breakfast with Dr. Jonas Ekstrand, CEO of SwedenBIO on June 7th at 09.00 - 10.00 AM at CIC One Broadway in Cambridge. 

SwedenBIO is the largest organization for the life science industry in Sweden. SwedenBIO represents 250 companies active within pharma, biotech, diagnostics, and MedTech, and the members represent the entire range from startups, to SMEs and large enterprises. SwedenBio has been assigned by the Swedish government to act as the main platform for promoting internationalization of the Swedish life science sector.

Secure your spot today

This event is for SACC-NE members only. Cost is 20 USD.
Space is limited and attendance is on a first come first serve basis. Make sure you RSVP to secure your spot.

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Summer Mingle
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Summer Mingle

Join the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce New England in a toast to summer with good friends and new acquaintances at our informal Summer Mingle on the Swedish National Day, June 6th from 5.30 PM - 7.30 PM at Abigail's Restaurant, 291 3rd St, Cambridge.

Please RSVP to info@sacc-ne.org

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SeaAhead Bluetech Innovation presents: Maritime Innovation Showcase
Apr
30
5:30 PM17:30

SeaAhead Bluetech Innovation presents: Maritime Innovation Showcase

On April 30th, SeaAhead will host an intimate gathering bringing together key leaders from across the maritime industry. As part of this event, we will be joining with Venture Café to open up at the end of the day for an engaging session with some of the brightest minds in Boston’s tech community — including flash talks from innovative new companies as well as reverse pitches from industry. RSVP to join us at this event.

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MIT Senseable City Lab presents: Urban Intelligence
Apr
12
8:30 PM20:30

MIT Senseable City Lab presents: Urban Intelligence

As AI (Artificial Intelligence) becomes ubiquitous, it transforms many aspects of the environment we live in. In cities, AI is opening up a new era of an endlessly reconfigurable environment. Empowered by robust computers and elegant algorithms that can handle massive data sets, cities can make more informed decisions and create feedback loops between humans and the urban environment. It is what we call the raise of UI (urban intelligence).

The 2019 Forum on Future Cities, organized by MIT Senseable City Lab and the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, will focus on four aspects of the UI transformation: autonomous vehicles, ubiquitous data collection, advanced data analytics, and governing innovation. Panelists include mayors, academics, senior industry leaders and members of civil society to explore such topics from different points of view, highlighting the scientific and technological challenges, the critical collective decisions we as a society will have to make, and the exciting possibilities ahead.

To get more information about the conference and to buy tickets visit: http://senseable.mit.edu/urbanintelligence/

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Mix and Mingle with SACC-NE!
Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Mix and Mingle with SACC-NE!

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England invites you to an informal Mix and Mingle event at Abigail's in Cambridge, MA. Come meet members of the new SACC-NE board and our new Honorary Consul to Boston!

Get ready to mingle with the Swedish-American business community!


We are looking forward to see you at Abigail's!

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Swedish Yuletide 2018
Dec
3
5:00 PM17:00

Swedish Yuletide 2018

Swedish Yuletide

December 8, 2018

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce - New England is happy to join SWEA in holiday celebration!

 


Come visit SACC-NE at our booth, where we will be raffling out 1 year SACC-NE Professional Memberships to a lucky few! Don’t miss out!


DATE AND HOURS

Saturday December 8, 2018
The doors open at 10 am and close at 4 pm

 

LOCATION

Cyclorama – Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston

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ADMISSION

Tickets are sold at the door – $10
Children under 13 years – free

 

LUCIA PROCESSION 

The Lucia Pageants will be at 11.30 am and 2 pm
The children from the Swedish School of Boston will perform together with Swedish students and au-pairs.

Read more about Swedish Christmas Traditions

 

MORE INFORMATION

Find out more details about the fair

View pictures and video from previous years

Please feel free to email us if you would like more information:
swedishyuletide@sweaboston.org

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SACC Summit 2018
Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

SACC Summit 2018

This year's SACC Summit will be organized by SACC-Texas and SACC-USA and will take place in Houston, TX. The Summit is a two-day event that gathers corporate members, partners, industry leaders and Executive Directors from 20 regional Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce every year to highlight Swedish-American success.

SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS IN THE U.S.

SACC-USA and SACC-Texas would like to welcome you to our flagship event SACC Summit 2018 - the premier business and networking event that will this year feature the theme Sustainable Business Innovation. SACC Summit will gather corporate members, partners, industry leaders and representatives from 20 regional Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce.

This year’s SACC Summit will be held on October 25-26 in the vibrant city of Houston, Texas. Houston is a place for opportunity and discovery. As the no 1 in wind power energy in the USA, Texas is the second largest state with continued projected growth. Renewable energy will become increasingly important which will open tremendous business opportunities and Houston is a perfect place to discuss future sustainable innovations and ideas.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to listen to leading innovators and companies, entrepreneurs and academics from the U.S. and Sweden – network, share insights, plan and decide the future of your organization!

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Student & Young Professional Cocktail Night
Oct
23
5:30 PM17:30

Student & Young Professional Cocktail Night

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce is proud to re-launch its Student & Young Professional Platform - and we want to celebrate this with you!

Take a break from the work or exam stress and join us for a Young Professionals get-together at Earls Kitchen + Bar in the Prudential Center. Enjoy $5 old fashioneds and mimosas, meet other Nordic students and young professionals and learn more about what SACC-NE can do for you.

You are not required to be a SACC-NE member to attend this event - it is open to everyone. Feel free to spread the word around and bring along someone, who otherwise would have ran the risk on missing out on this event.


When?
Tuesday, October 23rd at 5:30 PM

Where? Earls in the Prudential Center.


RSVP to info@saccne.org


The SACC-NE Young Professionals Team is looking forward to seeing you there!

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Oct
10
7:30 AM07:30

McDermott's Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium

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SACC-NE is pleased to sponsor McDermott Will & Emery's 7th Annual Life Sciences Dealmaking Symposium!

This program will focus on the opportunities and challenges for those investing and operating in the global life sciences industry. Featuring panels of seasoned dealmakers, industry executives and technical experts who will provide practical guidance on how to navigate the ever-changing life sciences deal landscape, the symposium will cover today’s hottest topics, including:

  • Dealmaking Trends in the Current Economy

  • Industry Transformation Through Artificial Intelligence

  • Trends, Opportunities and Drivers in Early Stage Life Sciences Investing

  • And much more, including numerous networking opportunities

Click here to view the full agenda.

 Time:

7:30 am ‒ 4:45 pm EDT

4:45 pm ‒ 6:30 pm EDT - Cocktail Reception

Venue:

Royal Sonesta Boston

40 Edwin H Land Boulevard

Cambridge, MA 02142

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Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

2018 Euro Networking Cocktail

  • 888 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)
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Join us and our European Partners (BABC, GABC, FACNE, NAF) on Thursday, September 27, on Natixis Investment Managers' beautiful rooftop in downtown Boston for a wonderful European Networking Event!

When?
Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Where? Natixis Investment Managers
888 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02115

Come and enjoy some drinks and nibbles in the company of professionals, executives and entrepreneurs from different countries, businesses and industries all the while enjoying Boston's incredible skyline. This event will provide you with a chance to interact with fellow Europeans and Americans living in the New England area!

Thank you to our host Natixis Investment Managers for hosting New England's first Euro Networking Cocktail!

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A big thank you to all of our Partners!

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SACC-NE ANNUAL MEETING 2018
Sep
13
6:00 PM18:00

SACC-NE ANNUAL MEETING 2018

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The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce New England would like to invite you to join our upcoming Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 13th, venue and detailed agenda still TBA. The Annual Meeting is a members only event, so if you haven’t signed up for your SACC-NE membership, you may do so here:  http://www.sacc-ne.org/membership/ 

At our Annual Meeting, you will have the unique opportunity to meet and network with our Corporate Members, Directors of the Board, and Professional Members. In this meeting, we will share with you highlights of the 2017 – 2018 year as well as outline the initiatives and programs we have planned for the upcoming year while Corporate Members will be given 5 minutes each to present.

RSVPs to attend must be sent to erik.hogberg@saccne.org no later than August 23rd, 2018.

We greatly look forward to seeing you there and wish you a fantastic summer!

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NORDICS RECEPTION - BIO 2018
Jun
5
6:30 PM18:30

NORDICS RECEPTION - BIO 2018

The Nordics Reception - a part of the Nordics Initiative at the 2018 BIO International Convention.

Heads up SACC-NE network! We are excited to be able to present SACC-NE's involvement in this year's Nordics Life Science Pavilion at the 2018 BIO International Convention together with organizational partners: Innovation Norway, Business Sweden, SwedenBIO, NLS Days 2018, Nome, Accelerace & Business Region Turku. Our goal is for the Pavilion to act as a home for all of the Nordic companies at BIO 2018 and be a natural meeting space on the show floor for our Nordic friends visiting Boston for the convention. 

As a complement to the Nordic Pavilion at the BIO convention, we will be hosting an engaging reception in downtown Boston, welcoming Nordic participants and the local Swedish-American executive community. The stage is set for an engaging program with guest opener Nam Pham and speakers Liz Asai and Laura Duerksen scheduled to speak at the event. The Reception will also feature live music in form of opera singer Katie O'Reilly as well as 3D and laser printing demonstrations. As if this wasn't enough, some of our attendees will be able to win special on-the-spot made coasters, commemorating the event.

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We invite you to an evening of networking with thought leaders and experts in the biotechnology, pharma and life sciences sectors, celebrating our shared Nordic heritage and interest in the Nordics over complimentary food and drinks. 

Guest Opener:

Nam Pham. Nam joined the Baker/Polito Administration as the Assistant Secretary of Business Development which oversees the Mass. Office of Business Development, Mass. Office of Travel and Tourism, Mass. Film Office and Mass. Office of International Trade & Investment. Previously Nam was the CEO of Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (VietAID).
Nam has been a commercial banker for more than 20 years in both lending and credit for premier community banks and large commercial banks. From 1994 to 2000 Nam served as Commissioner of Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants, and Deputy Director of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade & Investment. 
Nam earned his BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and MPA in Political Economy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. 

Speakers:

Liz Asai. Liz is the CEO of 3Derm, a digital health company she co-founded in 2012 based on technology engineered at Yale. 3Derm has developed skin imaging systems paired with machine learning algorithms to triage dermatology concerns. Over the last few years, 3Derm has raised two rounds of funding, conducted three clinical trials, and obtained reimbursement for its dermatological services from several health plans. 3Derm now serves thousands of patients at health systems in the US. Liz holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Yale University, was named one of LinkedIn's top 10 healthcare professionals under 35, and was featured in Forbes 30 Under 30.

Laura Duerksen. Laura is currently the Executive Director of Hacking Medicine Institute, a non-profit educational organization that convenes global healthcare leaders, students, and patients to improve and invent digital health platforms and technology that transforms healthcare by increased access, better outcomes, and lower costs. Laura also currently serves as faculty for the Harvard Medical School Women’s Leadership Course, where she teaches a workshop on healthcare improvement and innovation. Previously, she was Administrative Director of the Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. She has prior experience in hospital administration, including positions held at Massachusetts General Hospital in finance project management and research administration. Ms. Duerksen also has extensive professional experience in nonprofit fundraising, including several years of working at the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Event made possible by organizational partner and sponsor: 
The Norwegian Consulate General of New York

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Event is free to attend, exclusively for BIO 2018 Attendees and SACC-NE members, but tickets are limited. First come, first served - so act quickly!

(Not a member? Sign up here: http://www.sacc-ne.org/membership/)

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Executive Forum 2018
May
23
to May 24

Executive Forum 2018

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The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce of the United States of America, Inc. (SACC-USA) want you to save the date for SACC's flagship event, the Executive Forum to be held on May 24, 2018 in Washington D.C. The event will be hosted in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden. Take the opportunity to gain exclusive insights from top U.S. business leaders and politicians! 

More information

 

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Volvo Ocean Race
May
19
12:30 PM12:30

Volvo Ocean Race

  • Fort Adams Drive Newport, RI, 02840 United States (map)
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Volvo Ocean Race is coming to Newport, Rhode Island, on May 8th, as it completes its 8th leg of the race. SACC-NE will not be present at the Race Village but we encourage the sailing-enthusiast in our network to check this exciting event out!

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Speaker Night w/ Christina Lampe-Önnerud of Cadenza Innovation
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

Speaker Night w/ Christina Lampe-Önnerud of Cadenza Innovation

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The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce - New England is proud to present this event together with organizational partner SWEA Professional - Boston

Speaker Night w/ Christina Lampe-Önnerud of Cadenza Innovation

Join us at CIC Cambridge for an evening celebrating Swedish Woman of the Year winner, innovator of cutting edge battery technology and Swedish success-story: Christina Lampe-Önnerud. 

Ms. Lampe-Önnerud will tell her and Cadenza Innovation’s incredibly fascinating story while providing unique insight into the transformation that is currently taking place in the energy field. Given how much of the current energy debate is centered around the U.S. and China, Ms. Lampe-Önnerud will introduce us to the global macroeconomic trends and the differences between the two nations in how they approach the sustainable energy question, with China’s advancing gathering more and more spotlight. 
Join us for what is sure to be an evening to remember!

TICKETS:

Ticket prize:
SACC-NE, SWEA and CIC members: $10 (+ service fee)

Non-members: $20 (+ service fee)

 

About our speaker: 

"Dr. Lampe-Onnerud is one of the world's foremost authorities in battery system innovation and design." - Bloomberg

Christina Lampe-Önnerud, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Cadenza Innovation and one of the pre-eminent battery experts in the world. Her company is poised to become a world leader in battery architecture, performance and safety, with a mission to solve big problems through innovation in technology with a ground-breaking battery pack architecture and global Tier 1 partners. Christina has extensive C-suite experience growing and transforming businesses, such as Boston-Power, where she held the position of CEO, and Bridgewater Associates, where she was a part of the senior management, before launching Cadenza in 2012.  

After having graduated from Uppsala University, Christina went on to do her postdoctoral fellowship at MIT and ended up staying in the Greater Boston area to kickstart her career. Today she is considered a corporate strategist and a highly analytical leader known for fueling strong revenue generation through positive change management. She has extensive experience in US, EU and Asia and serves on the Board of Directors for both NYBEST and Syrah Resources.

When and Where: 

9th of May between 6.30 PM and 8.30 PM

@ CIC Cambridge 101 Main St. 14th floor

Directions:

CIC is located on multiple floors at One Broadway, as well as on the 14th and 15th floors at 101 Main. Both buildings are very close to the Cambridge Marriott Hotel and the Kendall Square MBTA subway station. The main reception for CIC, including C3, is on the 14th floor at One Broadway and also on the 14th floor at 101 Main.

By ‘T’ 
Take the Red Line to the Kendall Square/MIT stop. Exit the T and turn until you are facing the Longfellow Bridge. Walk toward the bridge and look to your left. One Broadway is the tall, gray cement building with vertical windows. Our main reception is on the 14th floor. 101 Main is a little closer to the bridge; it is a large red brick building. Reception is on the 14th floor.

Parking: Visitor parking is also available at the Kendall St garage and at the Marriott Hotel garage.

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European Food Festival
May
1
7:00 PM19:00

European Food Festival

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SACC-NE is once again participating in the annual European Food Festival!

Join us! This popular networking event features delicious food from European countries (including Sweden, France, Britain, Switzerland and more) in the gorgeous venue of the French Cultural Center. 

Tables will be spread throughout the building where each of the participating countries will offer national delicacies. There is a central bar with wine, beer, and soft drinks. Guests will roam around the venue, enjoying the food, and meeting the international crowd - all while celebrating European culture. We look forward to seeing you there!

DATE: May 1
TIME: 7.00 - 8.30 PM
LOCATION: French Cultural Center, 53 Marlborough St., Boston, MA 02116
COST: $35 SACC-NE members / $45 non-members

 

 

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Nordic Design Exploration @ Marimekko
Apr
26
6:00 PM18:00

Nordic Design Exploration @ Marimekko

Nordic Design Exploration 

140 Newbury Street, Boston
Thursday April 26, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 pm

 

Produced by Live Nordic and The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England (SACC-NE)

 

Join us for a night of Nordic design inspiration hosted at Marimekko on Newbury Street.

Architect Mette Aamodt will help us explore the Nordic Design Principles of simplicity, functionality and minimalism that interact with nature, give us room to dream and create a backdrop for moments of inspiration.

Light refreshments will be served, and we'll enjoy a 20% discount on Marimekko’s inspirational spring collection.

 

This is a free event, register to reserve your spot!

Contact Henna@livenordicusa.com if you have any questions.


Come Live Nordic with us!

 

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AIdapt: Disrupt or be disrupted
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

AIdapt: Disrupt or be disrupted

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The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce - New England is proud to present this event in collaboration with the French-American Chamber of Commerce, New England, the German-American Business Council of Boston & the British-American Business Council of New England.

AIdapt : Disrupt or be Disrupted

Looking at the world around us, the accelerating pace of technological advancement cannot be denied. Familiar buzzwords like machine learning and big data already sound outmoded. Digital voice assistants have made science fiction a reality in a quarter of US homes.

In this accelerating environment of change, businesses can no longer wait for technology to disrupt their business: the imperative is now to disrupt or be disrupted. In a lively and informative presentation, Blu Age Digital Evangelist, Stéphane Mallard, provides a primer on the fundamentals of digital disruption focusing on artificial intelligence, the accelerating pace of technological change, the commoditization of knowledge and expertise (and the impact thereof on business strategy), and how businesses can learn to disrupt like the most disruptive enterprises.

This event will be followed by food, drinks and networking!

SACC-NE members can enjoy a special member rate for this event.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

Stéphane Mallard is a French expert in digital transformation known for giving numerous conferences on topics such as artificial intelligence and its influence on human relationships. His promising young career is in full expansion and makes him one of the leaders of his theme.
Stéphane learned to code as a teenager. He studied economics in Canada and went on to study political science at Sciences Po, Paris. Stephane started his career in the trading rooms of a major European Bank as a digital evangelist. His role was to communicate the disruptive forces brought about by the digital revolution such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing and more. He now works for Blu Age, a tech company that automates legacy systems transformation with a solution that entirely rewrites their code to make them digital-ready. Stephane gives talks throughout the world to raise awareness of the digital revolution and its impacts.  

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CIC Tea Talk: Swedish Fika Edition
Mar
30
8:30 AM08:30

CIC Tea Talk: Swedish Fika Edition

Join us at the home of SACC-NE, in the heart of downtown Boston, for Swedish morning "fika", with Swedish baked goods and coffee from our Swedish Fika Ambassador Erik Modahl representing Beantrust Coffee co. 

At this event we will talk about the Swedish culture of "fika" and how this social phenomenon is integrated into business and  hospitality. We will also open up for a discussion about diversity and talk about how Sweden, as an 'open' country historically, handled the refugee crisis of 2015. 

More information about the event

 

 

 

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Commercializing the Microbiome – the Unseen Organ
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

Commercializing the Microbiome – the Unseen Organ

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New England proudly presents this collaborative event together with our organizational partner The German-American Business Council of Boston


 

 

UPDATE: The event has been cancelled.

The vast majority of your body’s bacteria reside in your gut. These bacteria (microbes), live inside and on any tissue of your body (including your gut), exerting a profound impact on your health and just about every bodily process. This is your microbiome.

Allergies, autoimmunity, depression and other inflammatory diseases are increasing at alarming rates and have all been associated with impaired microbiome health.

This evening will be all about the microbiome — how exactly does it influence our lifestyle and well-being? Why is it relevant in drug development and for which therapeutic areas does it have the most potential?

GABC and SACC-NE invites you to join us at LabCentral in the heart of Kendall Square’s innovation district, as we explore the significance of the microbiome and its commercial value. What is fact and what is fiction?

An impressive set of speakers from Big Pharma and rising new stars from the biotech startup world will talk about their vision for the microbiome.

Keynote Speakers

  • Alex Tucker, PhD is a microbiologist and synthetic biologist interested in efficiently domesticating and manipulating microbial systems. He leads a microbial engineering team focused on enzyme production at Ginkgo Bioworks, a Boston-based synthetic biology company that uses a foundry model to engineer biology at scale. Ginkgo is currently developing more than 40 organisms via commercial partnerships for the production of small molecules, enzymes, and optimized microbes. Prior to Ginkgo, Alex developed gut microbiome engineering technologies as a postdoctoral associate at MIT and subsequently engineered probiotic therapies to treat metabolic disorders at Synlogic. He earned a PhD in microbiology at the University of Georgia and the University of Wisconsin.
  • Dean Falb, PhD is the Chief Technology Officer and Founder of Synlogic Therapeutics, a venture-backed start-up company in the human microbiome space. He was an advisor to Atlas Ventures around several of its emerging portfolio companies, and played a central role in starting Synlogic in 2013. Prior to this he was Vice President of Research and Development at Stryker’s Regenerative Medicine Division. There he led the development of a portfolio of Bone Morphogenetic Protein (BMP) –based drugs and drug device combinations in musculoskeletal and tissue fibrosis indications and initiated multiple clinical development programs. Dean was Sr. Vice President of R&D at Praecis Pharmaceuticals where he led the discovery and development of peptide-based drugs in several therapeutic indications including Plenaxis, which was approved by the FDA for patients with prostate cancer. In 1993 Dean was hired as the fourth scientist at Millennium Pharmaceuticals where he started and led Millennium’s program in Cardiovascular Diseases. There he discovered the SMAD signal transduction family which functions downstream of BMP/TGF-beta receptors. He also led a large collaboration with Eli Lilly around the genetics and genomics of cardiovascular diseases. Before Millennium, Dean was a scientist at Immulogic Pharmaceuticals. Dean received his B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the lab of Tom Maniatis at Harvard University

Panelists:

  • Bernat Olle, PhD is Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of ‎Vedanta Biosciences, Inc. which is developing a novel class of therapies based on bacterial consortia that modulate interactions between the human microbiome and the host immune system. He has been a member of the founding teams of several companies of the PureTech portfolio and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Vedanta Biosciences and Follica Biosciences.
  • Arpita Maiti, PhD. As Senior Director, External Science & Innovation (ES&I), Arpita is a member of the external opportunities (discovery to Proof of Concept) search and evaluation team for Inflammation & Immunology, at Pfizer, Inc. She also leads strategy and partnering efforts in the microbiome for Pfizer. ES&I is an externally-focused scientific team of PhDs / MDs, embedded within Pfizer research groups,that identifies late-breaking science forming the basis of innovative therapies, and drives related collaborations that deliver value to Pfizer, its partners, and patients. Deals for which Arpita was responsible include Evotec, Biorap and an investment in AnTolRx. Prior to Pfizer, she was Associate Director of R&D Alliance Design & Management at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Arpita got her start in biotech at Angiotech Pharmaceuticals, heading the Cell Biology & Drug Screening group. She trained as an immunologist and has a PhD and MSc in Immunology from UBC and a BSc from Trinity College, UofT. In addition to presenting at pharma innovation and microbiome conferences, she co-organized the 12 th World Congress on Inflammation held in 2015, and has served on the board of the Inflammation Research Association in numerous positions, including as its President (2012-14).
  • Philip Strandwitz, PhD is Co-Founder and CEO of Holobiome. He is a specialist in the microbiome, with a focus on the gut-brain-axis. Philip received his PhD in Biology under the guidance of Dr. Kim Lewis at Northeastern University, where he focused on cultivating unique bacteria from the human gut microbiota, as well as studying their ability to modulate neurotransmitters. He has since assembled a broad range of clinical and academic collaborators to further profile the link between the human microbiome and the gut-brain-axis. Philip has presented at numerous conferences, including those held by the New York Academy of Science, Keystone Symposia, and the American Society of Microbiology. He is now CEO as Holobiome, a company he co-founded to translate microbiome science into novel therapeutics to treat diseases of the central and enteric nervous systems. Holobiome announced an early stage research collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. and Janssen Research & Development, LLC in early 2018, and is currently sponsored by Amgen for wet lab space at LabCentral in Cambridge, MA.
  • Azza A. Gadir, PhD is a postdoctoral scientist working on the Immunological mechanisms that underlie food allergy at Harvard University/Boston Childrens’ Hospital. She is specifically focused on understanding the role of the gut microbiome in disease pathogenesis. As part of her research, Azza is co-inventor of a patent for microbial consortia that can prevent and/or cure food allergy and is collaborating with industry partners to accelerate the discovery of microbiome-related immunotherapies for food allergy. In addition, she is serving as a scientific advisor for the startup, Adeo Health Science, a company focused on translating food allergy research into trusted products for parents. Azza received a PhD in immunology from University College London.

 Cost:

$45 Non-Members / $35 GABC Members / $35 SACC-NE Members

When:

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time: 6:00PM – 8:30PM

Location:

LabCentral

700 Main Street, North

Cambridge, MA 02139

A 70,000 square-foot facility in the heart of the Kendall Square biotech innovation hub, LabCentral is a first-of-its-kind shared laboratory space designed as a launchpad for high-potential life-sciences and biotech startups.

Public Trans: Kendall T Station

Parking: metered street parking

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Self-driving Panel Discussion: The 'New Safe' in Self-driving
Mar
20
6:30 PM18:30

Self-driving Panel Discussion: The 'New Safe' in Self-driving

Self-driving: Redefining what safe driving means and what’s needed next

Collaborative Partner:
The German-American Business Council of Boston

We are happy to announce our speakers:

Karl Iagnemma, CEO of nuTonomyan MIT-self-driving spinout recently acquired for $400 million; Former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at MIT, Karl's research resulted in more than 150 technical publications, 50 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. Karl was named one of 2017’s “Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs and designated a member of the 2017 “Recode 100” list of technology influencers.

Heidi Wyle, CEO of Venti Technologiesinternationally acclaimed biotech executive and past President of Massachusetts Women's Forum, who transitioned to leading a self-driving startup focused on safety and the US-China opportunity. Dr. Wyle speaks internationally and is a contributor to United States and Canadian media. Dr. Wyle holds a B.S. in physics with a concentration in literature from Brown University, including study at Imperial College in London, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in medical physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School where she was a Baker Scholar.

Alex Wyglinski, President of IEEE VehicularPresident of IEEE Vehicular Technologies; Internationally recognized as an expert in the field of wireless communications, connected vehicles, vehicular technology, wireless system optimization and adaptation, autonomous vehicles. Dr. Wyglinski is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Professor of Robotics Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, USA, as well as the Director of the Wireless Innovation Laboratory (WI Lab).

Bryan Reimer, Ph.D., Research Scientist in the MIT AgeLab and the Associate Director of The New England University Transportation Center. His research seeks to develop theoretical and applied insight into driver behavior by fusing together traditional psychological methods with big data analytics in computer vision, deep learning, and predictive modeling. He collaborates with industries worldwide on the topics of driver safety, vehicle automation and other human factors related technological concerns. Dr. Reimer has been honored with an inaugural 2018 Autos2050 Impact Award for his innovative contributions to the automotive industry. He is an author on over 200 technical contributions in transportation and related human factors areas.

Pär-Olof Johannesson, CEO at TerraNet Holding AB and a seasoned industry executive with more than 15 years in the wireless space. Previous roles includes Venture Partner at Mankato Investments, Business Unit Director at Flextronics GSM Division, Area Sales Manager at ABB China and South East Asia, Project Manager at Ericsson Radio Systems, Beijing, Commissioned Swedish Foreign Service Officer. Based in Lund, Sweden, TerraNet AB offers V2X communications, cooperative positioning, and cooperative maneuvering technologies that work when offline.

Discussion moderated by: 

Christina Björnström, President and Executive Director, Swedish American Chamber of Commerce New England,  SVP Marketing at TerraNet Holding AB. Christina is also an active member of the Boston startup community, having cofounded 2 tech startups, and has previously worked as an investigative journalist and MBA admissions consultant. Educated at Harvard University and the University of Essex in sustainable development, human rights and politics, Christina is motivated by matters of social justice, equality, and empowerment through technology and education.

While the topic of self-driving continues to dominate headlines and leading car manufacturers to invest heavily in a bid to become the first major provider, the path from investment to wide scale implementation remains nebulous. At the core, we’re still concerned about what self-driving actually entails, as questions concerning safety, mobility, and autonomy arise.

For self-driving to be actualized, several factors need to be taken into consideration, beginning with connectivity and reliability. As 5G spreads, questions surrounding how to account for blips in connectivity inevitably come up. Can currently available technologies really anticipate hazards ahead, from both small to big? If so, how do we create systems by which self-driving cars will know how and what choices to make? What does a safe self-driving experience in the next 10 years realistically look like? Underpinning these are also ethical considerations one can’t ignore in the conversation.

The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce New England therefore invites you to a lively panel discussion comprised of diverse industry and thought leaders in autonomous vehicles. We will learn from them the most cutting edge developments in self-driving, the important points we need to understand to form educated opinions on the topic ourselves, and our role as both observers and future passengers.

The event will be held on the 14th floor of CIC Cambridge's 101 Main St location.

Directions:

CIC is located on multiple floors at One Broadway, as well as on the 14th and 15th floors at 101 Main. Both buildings are very close to the Cambridge Marriott Hotel and the Kendall Square MBTA subway station. The main reception for CIC, including C3, is on the 14th floor at One Broadway and also on the 14th floor at 101 Main.

By ‘T’ 
Take the Red Line to the Kendall Square/MIT stop. Exit the T and turn until you are facing the Longfellow Bridge. Walk toward the bridge and look to your left. One Broadway is the tall, gray cement building with vertical windows. Our main reception is on the 14th floor. 101 Main is a little closer to the bridge; it is a large red brick building. Reception is on the 14th floor.

Parking: 

Visitor parking is also available at the Kendall St garage and at the Marriott Hotel garage.

Get your TICKETS in advance, as it will not be possible to do so at the door!

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After Work 'Mingel'
Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

After Work 'Mingel'

SACC-NE invites you to join us at the Boston Park Plaza lobby bar for a 'mingel' (mingle) centered around our greatest asset: our members - current and potential members alike. The goal of the evening being to highlight our different members and form new connections in the SACC-NE network. For newer members, this is the perfect opportunity to be introduced to the community, and for older members, this is a great chance to share what you are currently working on.

Cash bar, managed by the Boston Park Plaza. 

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Swedish Yuletide by SWEA
Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

Swedish Yuletide by SWEA

  • Cyclorama – Boston Center for the Arts (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Since 1986, SWEA Boston has hosted Swedish Yuletide to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season. This annual fund raiser attracts thousands of visitors every year and is the largest Scandinavian event in New England.

SACC New England will have a booth at the fair- Come and say hi and find out what we are up to!

Place: Cyclorama – Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street, Boston

Hours: Saturday December 9, 2017
10 am – 4 pm

Admission: $10, children under 13 years are free

The Lucia Pageants will be at 11.30 am and 2 pm

Click here for more information

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Exclusive night w/ Prof. Max Tegmark, KTH President, and Minister of Education!
Nov
27
5:30 PM17:30

Exclusive night w/ Prof. Max Tegmark, KTH President, and Minister of Education!

KTH & SACC NE welcome you to an exclusive Swedish Alumni event! The speaker of the night is Professor Max Tegmark of MIT and author of best selling book, "Life 3.0 - Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence"

We have the pleasure of inviting you to join alumni from Swedish universities for an exclusive lecture on what Stephen Hawking calls ’the most important conversation of our time’. Professor Max Tegmark, who’s been called ’the world’s smartest Swede’, will guide you through the challenges and opportunities that will come with being human in the age of artificial intelligence.

The lecture will start at 17:30 and will be followed by a networking reception where light refreshments will be offered.

The event is free of charge, but for planning purposes, pre-registration is required. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

FOR SACC NE MEMBERS ONLY.

Guest of Honor: Swedish Minister for Higher Education and Research Helene Hellmark Knutsson. Hosted by Professor Sigbritt Karlsson, President KTH Royal Institute of Technology, together with SACC New England.

Register here

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Round Table Discussion with Sweden Bio
Nov
16
6:00 PM18:00

Round Table Discussion with Sweden Bio

  • 1 Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

SACC New England is hosting an exclusive round table discussion with Dr. Björn Ursing, Program Director Sweden Bio, on November 16th. We would like to use this opportunity to facilitate a a lively discussion centered on:

  • How Swedish biotech organizations can establish stronger links in Boston/Cambridge 
  • Swedish American biotech partnership opportunities
  • Latest growth trends in American biotech
  • Breakthrough challenges in Biotech

RSVP to anna.persson@sacc-ne.org.

Welcome! 

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